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Cumbria detective Mark Fisher 'abused his position'

Carlisle Crown Court
Image caption Det Con Mark Fisher is on trial at Carlisle Crown Court

A Cumbria detective "abused his position" by trying to get a woman involved in an investigation to have sex with him, a court has been told.

Det Con Mark Fisher has gone on trial at Carlisle Crown Court accused of nine counts of misconduct in public office.

The 49-year-old, of Cockermouth, denies all the charges.

The jury was told that he flouted regulations by accessing the force's computer to find out women's personal details to further his love life.

He is accused of offering to pay off one woman's drug debts if she would sleep with him.

It is also alleged that he tried to commit a sexual act with a woman after he was called to her house because her husband had attacked her.

Opening the case for the prosecution, barrister Michael Hodson said that Mr Fisher had "robbed society of its confidence" in the police by repeatedly abusing his position.

The trial, which is expected to last about three weeks, continues.

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